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Embrace moderation to crush extremism

  • Terrorists are not trained overnight and extreme thinking has slowly come into being through a melange of incidents and influences in day-to-day life that over time is molded into the blood-thirsty devils we know.

Translated by DOMINIC LOH
Sin Chew Daily

The IS attack on a Puchong cafe might be dwarfed by the group's other assaults elsewhere in the world, it has nevertheless created powerful shockwaves across the Malaysian society.

Terrorist attacks have been taking place across the world in recent years, but to Malaysia, bomb blasts and gunshots were merely distant images showing up on TV screens and newspapers, until weeks ago.

We have never been this near to terrorism, and what happened in Puchong was a watershed.

A more important question after the first strike in Puchong is: What are we going to do now?

The police have acted instantly by placing more patrols at high-risk areas such as busy shopping malls. But the thing is: there are simply too many potential targets in this country and how are the police going to ensure total safety for the people?

National Security Council secretary Alias Ahmad has proposed to the government to impose visa restrictions on Middle Eastern tourists visiting the country.

All these steps are essential but are by no means adequate.

Anti-terrorism initiatives need to have the cooperation of the citizens in order to succeed. The IS has come to our doorway and it is imperative that the government step up anti-terrorism education and harness the public resources to achieve the goals.

Neighboring Singapore has adopted measures such as public education, enlisting the help of taxi drivers as informants and community drills to tackle emergencies. Obviously our country has lagged far behind in this respect.

Other than substantial measures, we also need to be psychologically attuned to combating extremism.

While our political leaders keep chanting their "moderation" slogans, some other politicians and NGOs appear to be regularly issuing extreme statements in a bid to incite emotions.

The terrorists implicated in the Puchong incident are locally bred and have been influenced and ideologically poisoned by local elements.

In other words, the radicalism lurking inside their hearts has taken form right here in this country, triggered and emboldened by the IS thinking and movements elsewhere, culminating in the maiden attack late last month.

In the face of intimidating terrorism and extremism, our only way out is moderation.

Terrorists are not trained overnight and extreme thinking has slowly come into being through a melange of incidents and influences in day-to-day life that over time is molded into the blood-thirsty devils we know.

When our fist-gripping politicians are inciting the public emotions with strong and aggressive words, they might have already sowed the seeds of extremism in the listeners' hearts unknowingly.

Extremism should not have been granted the faintest chances of budding and thriving on this land. Halt all extreme remarks and actions and let's embrace moderation and tolerance in quelling terrorism.

 

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